Posted in GRAND PRIX NEW JERSEY 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on November 16, 2014

By Jacob Van Lunen

Jacob Van Lunen began playing Magic in 1995. He has participated in organized play at every level of competition and was a member of the winning team at Pro Tour San Diego in 2007, thanks to an innovative draft strategy. As a writer, Van Lunen has had more than three hundred Magic strategy pieces published

Ashok "AC" Chitturi has been playing Eternal formats for more than a decade at this point. Once a pillar of Team Meandeck, AC is known for his ability to innovate in Magic's most powerful formats. AC hasn't played a ton of tournament magic in his life, but living in New Jersey made this Grand Prix an easy trip. He's managed to go 8-1 on Day 1 in the last two Grand Prix events he attended with unique strategies of his own design. This weekend, AC brought an exciting colorless aggro deck to the table. Currently sitting at 11-1, AC is proving that his gameplay and deck building skills are world class.

I sat down with AC to talk about his exciting new aggressive Legacy strategy.

Jacob Van Lunen: "What separates your deck from the affinity lists we've seen in Legacy?"

Ashok Chitturi: "The stock Legacy Affinity decks are Blue/Black. They play cards like Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas, Thoughtcast, and Springlead Drum. I didn't want to be playing Blue cards in a format where a third of my opponents have main deck Pyroblast. I also don't want to be playing four drops or Springleaf Drums that don't do anything. I wanted all my draws to essentially do the same thing."

JVL: "What drew you to this type of strategy during your testing?"

AC: "I knew I wanted to be an aggressive beatdown deck this weekend. I want to force my opponent to have everything. I also want to be keeping a lot of hands, and this strategy gives me some of the most consistent draws of any deck available in Legacy right now."

JVL: "How did you practice for this event?"

AC: "I played a lot on Magic Online. I practiced with friends at my house. I also just played solitaire a bunch with the deck to learn how the different draws could play out."

JVL: "What versions of the deck did you try before settling on this list?"

AC: "I started as a Black Affinity deck that played Disciple of the Vault. I was unimpressed and decided to try Green for Glimpse of Nature and Krosan Grip in the sideboard. Then I tried Red for Pyroblast and Whipflare out of the sideboard. I even tried a White version with Stoneforge Mystic and Dispatch. Eventually, I learned that the colored mana just slowed me down. I wanted to play four copies of Ancient Tomb and City of Traitors and I couldn't really afford to do that it I wanted to be casting colored spells. Chalice of the Void also seemed like one of the most important tools for the deck and I didn't want to make it worse by playing a bunch of colored cards."

JVL: "What's been the best card for you this weekend?"

AC: "Signal Pest, Cranial Plating, Contested Warzone, and Steel Overseer have all enabled very fast kills. The anthem effects are the most important cards for sure."

JVL: "What decks are you best positioned against?"

AC: "I'm very good against all the Delver decks. I'm great against Death and Taxes and Maverick. I do well against Jund, especially before side boarding. Basically, I'm well-positioned against the decks that want to play fair games."

JVL: "What decks are you worst positioned against?"

AC: "The combo decks that can outrace me are a problem sometimes. Omniscience Show and Tell, Sneak and Show, and Reanimator. Combo strategies that aim to win later aren't so bad, especially if I win the roll."

JVL: "Would you make any changes to the deck if you were going to play it again next weekend?"

AC: "I would only play two copies of Arcbound Worker. I would play Blinkmoth Nexus over Mishra's Factory. I would also cut the Karakas and Tomb of the Spirit Dragon from my sideboard in favor of cards that are more versatile."

JVL: "Out of curiosity, what turn do you find yourself killing people?"

AC: "Sometimes as early as turn three, turn four is very common."

Let's take a look at the deck!

Ashok Gandhi Chitturi's Artifact Aggro

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Chitturi has a creative mind and always brings and interesting deck to the table. With only a single loss to tarnish his record at this point, he's still very live for Top 8. Will AC and his army of robots be able to claim victory here in New Jersey? Stay tuned to continuing coverage of Grand Prix New Jersey to find out!